Post Traumatic Stress Disorder vs Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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It may be shocking to learn that 21% of American adults suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder(National Institute of Mental Health Statistics). Do you know the differences between the two major types of anxiety disorder? The two major types of anxiety are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). While many may think PTSD and GAD are one in the same, you may be surprised that they vastly differ in cause and symptoms with their only similarity being their treatment. According to the PTSD Fact Sheet ”PTSD was once considered a psychological condition of combat veterans who were “shocked” by and unable to face their experiences on the battle field” (Fact Sheet Page 1). Over the years …show more content…
(Merck Manual Professional). GAD is very common and can affect anyone although women are affected twice as often as men. Anyone from small children to elderly suffer from GAD. A GAD sufferer may suffer from for a short time or may suffer from it for all their life. Doctors need to determine which anxiety disorder an individual has in order to formulate the best treatment. There are four main types of PTSD symptoms. The first symptom is that the “individual will relive the event” (National Center for PTSD). Bad memories of an event may come back at any time through nightmares or flashbacks. PTSD suffers may hear a noise, see something or read a report about something that my cause these flash backs. (National Center of PTSD) Some examples of this is hearing a car backfire may cause a veteran to go back to the time they heard the gun fire that killed their friend. Another example would be a sexual abuse victim hearing a news story about someone who is was sexually abused and having flashbacks to their experience. The second type of symptom of PTSD is “Avoiding situations that remind you of the event” (National Center for PTSD). Examples of this would be someone who was raped in a dark alley will avoid being out after dark for fear they same thing will happen. The third type of symptom is “Feeling Numb” (National Center for PTSD). The individual

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